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No, The US Secretary of State Is Not Emailing You!

No, The Secretary of State Is Not Emailing You!


By: Oana Schneider

No, The US Secretary of State Is Not Emailing You!

Your BBB® has seen many twists of this scam over the year, but this new version has some interesting features. Many scammers pretend to represent the Social Security Administration, the FTC, the IRS, but it’s not often that a scammer impersonates the Secretary of State.

In this scam, the victims receive an email from someone claiming to be Secretary Tillerson saying you owe money to the government. And the Secretary knows this because of an FBI and CIA investigation.

The email then says that you will receive an ATM card for a whopping $1.85 million on it, and you are also given a PIN number. All you have to do is send $320 and your personal information! If you receive this email, please know that Secretary Tillerson is not trying to contact or get money from you!

Also, the government will never send you millions of dollars in exchange for $320, they will never ask you to wire money or provide personal information in exchange for cash.

And last but not least, it’s highly unlikely that a high-rank government official will contact you personally. If you receive this email, report your experience to!

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Oana Schneider is our Director of Media Services. She writes consumer and business oriented articles and is in charge of our community outreach program.